Inspired by a slight weight loss plateau and many, many, many marathon recaps*, I posed a challenge to myself:
30 consecutive days of physical activity.
I had already begun the Couch-to-5k progressive running program. That would account for three days a week of my physical activity. For the other four days a week, options abound. Cross-training at the gym on other cardio machines, yoga, goofy workout videos via Netflix and surely other things I haven’t tried!
This doesn’t sound like something a BAD blogger would do! Why the worrisome title? Well, I started it 10 days ago. Oops. Bad blogger…
Here’s the recap of my challenge, so far:
Day 1 (2/16/12):
C25K W1D2. That’s Couch-to-5k Week 1 Day 2. In the first week of the c25k, the participant warms up with 5 minutes of walking and then alternates 1 minute of running/jogging with 1.5 minutes of walking. This particular day I ran on the treadmill at a 1.0 incline to prepare for the uneven terrain and wind resistance one encounters when running outside. The interesting surprise of the day was my speed. When I last did the c25k in 2010, my running portions were between 4.5-5.0 on the treadmill (between a 13 and 12 minute mile.) This time, I alternated between 6.0 and 6.5! What whaaaaaa? My heart rate stayed relatively low, breathing felt comfortable and I wasn’t miserably begging Jesus and Buddha to make time go faster. I even pushed myself to do a 1 minute “sprint” at 7.0 at the end of the workout. I fully realize that 7.0 on a treadmill is an average marathoner’s comfy pace but I really felt like I was flying at that speed. I also felt like I was going to barf up my heart afterwards but my heart rate quickly came down and I was just left with a major smile.
According to my calendar, on 2/17 I did both W1D3 *and* the Crunch Cardio Salsa workout on Netflix streaming. Is this a mistake? Two cardio activities in the same day?? The Cardio Salsa video was fun and slightly humiliating. Let’s just say, I am not ready to take my meringue to the clubs. Maybe I looked sexy and spicy but I felt like a clod. All good though, I had a nice sweat going. Since that one is available streaming, I would definitely do it again. When no one is home.
Later in the day, I took my running legs to one of my favorite places in the world: Lake Merritt. I lived in this neighborhood for years and have always hoped to run the entire thing. It happens to be a perfect 5k so it will be a great place to prepare for the race(s) I plan to do in the future. I have also failed at attempting to run it many times in the past so I very much look forward to making it my b*tch. It was a bit chilly but I had a really lovely workout. Running outside was tremendously difficult for me in 2010. In fact, I couldn’t really do it. My lungs would feel like they were on fire and I could only run for about a minute before absolutely having to stop. It sucked. On this evening, I was shocked to find that I could maintain what felt like my treadmill pace with no physical difference. I wasn’t winded at all! Another hugely encouraging surprise. By my last running portions, I was pretty tired but pushed myself to do a couple of sprints. I’m not going to lie. I felt like a badass.
After two consecutive running days, I wanted as close to a rest day as I could get without abandoning the challenge. I chose the Crunch Candlelight Yoga workout from Netflix streaming. It sounded chill and I’ve been looking for alternatives to my stand-by yoga dvd (Yoga Conditioning for Weight Loss by Living Arts). The instructor was a bit grating but it was a nice, easy stretch. Worth checking out if you have Netflix.
Next up, days 4, 5 and 6!
*Do these suckers make anybody else get verklempt? Sheesh!